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Common telemarketing scams in 2020

HMRC Scam : You may get a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC saying there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill. They leave a message asking you to call back. HMRC would never contact you in this way and ask for personal information an[…] 02:27:38 2020-11-09

Here are some tips and tricks to protect yourself or your business from scams and fraud

Don't give out information on unsolicited calls. Educate employees at every level to be wary of unsolicited calls. If they didn't initiate the call, they shouldn't provide or confirm any information, including:The business's address. The business's phone numbe[…] 00:19:55 2020-10-28

ROBOCALLS calls threatening to arrest you, this is a liar

Contact from the government gets your attention. Criminals know this and use the threat of government action to trick individuals in to taking action that results in theft. To get victims to call back or give out personal information, these scam messages say […] 02:44:26 2020-10-15

Health care representative scams proliferate in the U.S.

The caller will claim to be a representative of your medical plan (such as Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplementary Plan). If you join a national insurance company that serves many members, you are at greater risk. why? Phone fraud is a numbers game. Fraud[…] 04:09:28 2020-10-06

The scam calls hotel guests to obtain their credit card numbers

The scam that takes guests away from the hotel is an unprecedented new scam. Several hotel guests were called by an unknown person and asked for their credit card number. The caller pretends to be an employee, pretends to be a receptionist, and pretends that t[…] 03:04:23 2020-09-19

Note! Phone scams claiming to have arrest warrants to arrest residents are happening

A news release says a resident recently received a call -- the phone number on the caller ID showed the call was coming from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office (262-741-4400). The caller introduced himself as an officer with the sheriff’s office and clai[…] 01:32:36 2020-09-04

Scammers are pretending to be HHS OIG phone numbers to scam

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirmed that the official HHS OIG phone number has been used as part of a deceptive scam targeting individuals across the country. These crooks represent themselves […] 03:59:20 2020-08-13

Be wary of phone scams that offer you extended warranty for your car

Car warranty scams have been carried out for many years, but they have indeed improved recently. You receive a call that your car warranty is about to expire, but you can pay some extra fees to extend the warranty period. It sounds like it came from your deale[…] 03:37:29 2020-05-28

HSBC customers beware of token activation fraud

Some HSBC customers are being targeted by fraudsters who want access to Secure Key activation codes. These codes, generated by either a physical Secure Key or Digital Secure Key, can be used to gain access to your online banking. Secure Key activation codes ar[…] 01:42:16 2020-03-22

Be careful cancel or suspend your Social Security number sacm

Criminals are making calls and threatening to suspend or cancel your Social Security number (SSN) until your overdue taxes are paid. The scam may seem legit because the caller has some of your personal information, including the last four digits of your SSN. B[…] 01:29:52 2020-03-04

BBB warns that phone port scams are happening around you

According to a CBC article, a farm family in Sasketchewan lost hundreds of thousands of dollars when a cell phone was stolen and their business bank account was emptied. This scam is another way for scammers to steal your hard earned money, and even your ident[…] 09:15:22 2020-02-23

Watch out for scammers posing as help desks: \"Microsoft\" calls you

Do you get a strange phone call? Always be alert! There are all kinds of scams over the telephone. Fraudsters, for example, present themselves as bank employees in order to extract bank details.

Help desk fraud is also a well-known scam trick. For […] 00:56:32 2020-02-11

Posing as the phone call from google was a phone scam

For starters, Google will never, ever call you out of the blue. It is possible to schedule calls with Google regarding Google My Business and AdWords issues. However, business owners have to initiate these phone calls by going through Google’s online support[…] 04:12:00 2020-02-01

The digital age, but the phone is still the weapon of choice for crooks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 940,000 fraud complaints in 2018, of which contact information was found, and 69% of calls were scammers. The US Federal Trade Commission reports that the average loss for a phone scam in 2018 was $ 840, mo[…] 01:34:29 2020-01-23

Please think twice before dialing back an unrecognizable number!

Your cell phone rings, but—before you can answer—the caller hangs up. It might be tempting to call the person back (especially if you aren't sure who it is), but a new scam we are hearing about should make you think twice. With the popular “One-Ring” p[…] 23:18:48 2020-01-13

Caveat! Missed international call, please do not call back, it may be a new phone scam

For you not to fall into the trap of international fraud! Please do not call back missed calls from international calls you do not know.

The way the fraud works is that scammers buy "premium" phone lines that charge a lot‚ such as R100 a minute‚[…] 23:20:04 2020-01-06

Incidents of matrimony scams are on the rise and are affecting both male and females alike

Recently, a Punebasedtechie lost Rs 10 lakh to a conman whom she got in contact with on a matrimonial website. Incidents of matrimony scams are on the rise and are affecting both male and females alike. The Ministry of Home Affairs through its cyber-safety and[…] 04:44:50 2019-12-30

Ways to Keep You Out of Common Social Security Scams

As virtually all seniors receive Social Security benefits, it’s probably unsurprising that a lot of scam artists raise the program in fraudulent phone calls, emails, and letters. The schemes typically involve criminals impersonating the Social Security Agenc[…] 02:00:41 2019-12-20

Various cheating calls are common, beware of three typical ways to cheat

According to police, there has been an increase in various types of cheating on behalf of authorities and other trust-generating parties. Criminals are constantly developing new ways of phishing for debit card and online banking. A serious problem is particula[…] 00:45:43 2019-12-12

Vancouver victim suffers huge losses in Bitcoin phone scam

In this version of the scam, the callers appear to be from the CRA Service Canada, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and claim that the victim’s Social Insurance Number (SIN) card has been compromised.

In another variation, the caller says the vic[…] 04:03:06 2019-12-02

There are many clues to the scam that may cause your suspicion

"If you've been randomly selected for a big prize, vacation, or to enjoy great savings or if all of a sudden the IRS, Medicare, or Social Security Administration needs to get a hold of you for a warrant or penalty, take a deep breath and consider the legitimac[…] 03:17:33 2019-11-19

Vigilant posing grandparent or emergency scam

A con-artist phones and pretends to be your grandchild. The caller will say they are in trouble and need money right away. He or she may say they are in hospital, stuck in another country or have gotten into trouble with the law. The scammer may have looked up[…] 03:33:15 2019-11-04

Beware of three typical scams

Criminals are constantly developing new ways of phishing debit card and internet bank identifiers over the phone. Police have said that there has been an increasing amount of cheating on behalf of authorities and other trust-inducing parties. A serious problem[…] 12:00:46 2019-10-22

Secrets happen in a romantic scam coming and going to the network

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victim's money, bank accounts, credit cards, passport[…] 01:12:40 2019-10-15

FCC prompts consumers how to avoid fraud

You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be extremely careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information. Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
If y[…] 22:05:57 2019-10-06

HHS OIG Hotline Phone Number Scam

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently confirmed that the HHS OIG Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammer[…] 23:49:59 2019-09-24

Pay attention to unnecessary Robocalls and avoid phone scams on you

Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately. You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be aware: Caller ID showing a "local" number does not necessarily mean it is a local caller. If you […] 12:30:25 2019-09-17

The US Federal Trade Commission warned. Be careful of missed calls in the area code below, it may be a scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a phone scam that tricks people into making expensive calls.

It’s being called the “one ring” area code phone scam. In the scam, scammers will call your cell phone but let it ring just once so that it[…] 22:25:05 2019-09-02

Please be wary of 6 types of fraud against your bank account

According to the 2018 BBB Fraud Tracker Annual Risk Report, more than 50,000 people submitted fraud reports to the Business Improvement Board in 2018. Although the median loss of these frauds is $152, some victims have spent thousands of dollars - the money ma[…] 00:47:05 2019-08-22

Be careful to fall into the crowdfunding trap

If you're thinking about contributing to crowdfunding, take a moment to research the creator's background and comments before paying. Crowdfunding is a way to support projects you trust and get rewards for this support. But the projects you support are as good[…] 06:21:33 2019-08-12

Revealing immigration fraud in the United States

Well, the most common scams that we see are people who offer to provide immigration services but they are not authorized to provide those services. They will charge you a fee for doing that, but they will often bungle your paperwork. Sometimes they will preten[…] 00:35:04 2019-07-19

Beware of invoice fraud

Invoice fraud takes place when a criminal contacts your company posing as a genuine supplier and asks you to change the bank details you use to pay them. It’s not hard for criminals to investigate a business’s invoice details, even down to payment dates, t[…] 22:58:56 2019-05-16

Analyze what is a phone scam

Fraud over the phone – or Vishing – is when a fraudster calls claiming they’re from your bank or some other trusted organisation. It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research t[…] 04:41:42 2019-05-09

What should I do if I get a scam call

Older people are often a target for scammers, so it's important to be aware of phone scams and how to handle them. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself:

Don't reveal personal details. Never give out personal or financial infor[…] 23:23:26 2019-04-24

Be careful Job scams and employment fraud

Looking for a new job can be both stressful and exciting with individuals eager to believe the perfect job is out there for them – even if it sounds unlikely or unrealistic. Fraudsters often recruit for a ‘dream job’, advertising roles with a starting […] 22:16:59 2019-03-25

About Wangiri Summoning

Three is issuing guidance to customers about the Wangiri call scam that is targeted at mobile phone users across the UK, in the wake of a surge of enquiries on the matter.

Wangiri (literally translated as ‘one ring and cut’ in Japanese, where it […] 00:06:24 2019-03-21

Mobile scam only needs you to say \'yes\', please hang up immediately

If you get a call from a stranger asking, “Can you hear me?” hang up the phone. The con aims to get victims to say the word “yes” so scammers can record it. The affirmative response is used by the fraudster to authorize unwanted charges — whether it�[…] 01:00:51 2019-03-10

Interpretation top 5 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

1. Medicare/health insurance scams In these types of scams, perpetrators may pose as a Medicare representative to get older people to give them their personal information, or they will provide bogus services for elderly people at makeshift mobile clinics, the[…] 05:49:03 2019-03-04

Phone fraud: Your child is in danger of being arrested and needs money

"Hello Miss, is a lawyer of XXX, his son was involved in the accident, currently in the military camp of the gendarmerie, they need money to avoid being arrested." It looks like this Pasquale Micallo, who is 42 years old in Naples As a lawyer, he first scammed[…] 04:30:31 2019-02-20

Free trial offers will also be scammed

Have you ever signed up for a product free trial, only to find yourself locked into some sort of payment program you didn’t bargain for? If so, you’re not alone. And while you might be able to spot some of the easier tricks, other schemes may not be so obv[…] 03:32:58 2019-02-13

Be careful 90# phone scam is still active

You receive a call at your office from someone claiming to be a telephone company employee investigating technical problems with your line, or checking up on calls supposedly placed to other states or countries from your line. The caller asks you to aid the in[…] 09:38:05 2019-02-05

The most common means of decrypting phone scammers

Some of the most frequently repeated phrases by phone scammers are: “Because you are the preferred customer.” "He was specially selected for this benefit." “He won the main award.” "Don't waste time using this offer." "Now don't trust and make a d[…] 04:12:05 2019-01-29

Stay away from scams disguised as Amazon merchants

Amazon is an influential and popular retailer. If you are an avid Amazon shopper, you may be vulnerable to cybercrime and scam artists. This is the reality: although you may think that your personal information is protected, scammers are more complex than ever[…] 22:09:32 2019-01-21

How to protect yourself from crazy phone marketing

Dal 1° giugno Enel ha detto stop al telemarketing e ha sospeso le telefonate dei call center per proporre contratti. Ma per un big che fa un passo indietro ne restano altri che continuano a violare le regole: nel 2016 il Garante della Privacy ha ricevuto 5.58[…] 01:10:55 2019-01-14

What should you do if you are experiencing Phone Scams?

If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say "No thanks." Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to wo[…] 20:53:53 2019-01-08

The number of warning phone fraud cases coming to OCPD is booming

According to OCPD, many of the scams involve a caller who claims to represent the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, and demands that the victim immediately pay for "unpaid taxes" or be arrested by local police if the victim doesn't pay. Police said that victi[…] 22:09:53 2019-01-03

Trump turns into Santa Claus to answer the phone call from the child

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump answered the phone on Christmas Eve, the children who are eager to find Santa Claus.

Trump asked a child if he still believed in Santa Claus and told another child "I will talk to you again." First Lady Melani[…] 04:35:26 2018-12-25

Report on AMG refund cheque fraud

We told you last month about the $505 million in checks going back to 1.1 million people who got an online payday loan from a company affiliated with AMG Services. And we’ve heard from many of you that you got your check and cashed it. We’ve just heard, th[…] 06:27:39 2018-12-17

Warning social security phone fraud for the elderly

The Colorado attorney general and AARP Foundation ElderWatch program alerted consumers about the scam. Impostors are posing as officials with the Social Security Administration in order to learn more information about their victims in the latest scam making i[…] 20:35:48 2018-12-10

Please immediately hang up the phone that pretends to be a Chinese consulate official

We learned about international phone fraud for members of the Chinese community. Fraudulent Callers who usually pretend to be Chinese consulate staff say that the person who called the call is waiting for the consulate to collect it. The scammer claims that th[…] 01:34:08 2018-12-05

Robot call scams coming to Chinese never stop

The robot call scam case coming to China is spreading in the US! A headache for the US police! The scammers drowned the United States with Chinese robocalls, causing severe headaches from the coast to the coast.

These new robocalls are very similar t[…] 00:41:13 2018-12-01

How to Identify and Prevent Sweepstakes Scam Phone Call

If you love sweepstakes, you might dream about receiving a phone call that you have won an amazing prize. But unfortunately, if you don't know how to detect a telephone sweepstakes scam, that dream can turn into a nightmare. According to's 2014 scam […] 02:25:15 2018-11-26

Be alert to common post-disaster fraud

Common post-disaster fraud practices include: Fake offers of state or federal aid: Beware if anyone claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the state visits, calls or emails asking for an applicant’s Social Security number, b[…] 21:49:42 2018-11-21

Prevent phone number verification fraud when registering

Protecting user data should not be an afterthought. Implementing the right security mechanisms in three key user lifecycle events (registration, authentication, and recovery) is important and should be done as early as possible, not in your plan. Fraudulent an[…] 21:07:21 2018-11-18

Phishing scammers all they want is your private information

So the caller ID shows the name of your bank. And the caller knows some of your personal details. Does that mean it’s legit? No. It’s a scam — and scammers are counting on the call being so unsettling that you might not stop to check your bank statement.[…] 22:22:37 2018-11-11

Why do people like/dislike iPhone XS?

Apple's latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have entered the market, and various reviews of these two new models are beginning to appear. Although the evaluation of technology products is subjective in nature, from the early results of the iPhone XS evaluation,[…] 22:53:02 2018-10-30

Warning fake charity scam is growing

So far in 2018, Scamwatch has received 689 reports of fake charities scams with more than $320,000 in reported losses. This compares to the whole of 2017 where reported losses were $313,563.

Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersona[…] 06:14:01 2018-10-26

How to Handle an Unexpected Sales Call

When you get a call from a telemarketer, ask yourself: Who’s calling… and why? The law says telemarketers must tell you it’s a sales call, the name of the seller and what they’re selling before they make their pitch. If you don’t hear this informati[…] 08:45:18 2018-10-21

How to protect yourself from fraud the following is a report fraud resource

While phone scams are designed to get victims flustered and panicked on the phone so that they make a rash decision, most of them are actually quite similar.

  • Usually, the most important thing is that you don’t give away financial and sens[…] 13:03:50 2018-10-16

The hurricane hit brings more charity scams

As Hurricane Michael barrels its way toward Florida's Gulf Coast, scammers continue to con people who want to help those affected by past hurricanes. Case in point: The FTC and its state and local partners are getting reports about sham charities following Hur[…] 05:36:50 2018-10-14

Nearly half of cell US phonecalls will be scams by 2019

By next year, nearly half of the mobile phone calls we get will be scams, according to a new report from First Orion, The Arkansas-based. The percentage of scam calls in US mobile traffic increased from 3.7 percent last year to 29.2 percent this year, and it's[…] 08:51:36 2018-10-09

Telephone Banking Fraud is a scam which is becoming increasingly commonplace

You receive a call from somebody who claims to be from an organisation you trust, such as your bank or the police. They inform you that there is a safety or security problem associated with your bank account or payment cards, and you need to take some kind of […] 22:10:11 2018-10-05

The following methods allow you to avoid free gift delivery scams

You receive a voicemail or letter in the mail informing you that you've won a free gift for being part of some well-known association (e.g. Red Cross). The gift isn't bad, either: it could be a couple free nights at a five star hotel in New York (Ritz-Carlton,[…] 05:40:16 2018-10-02

How are we far away the Fake Discount Call scam

Caller ID has been a blessing for many of us, allowing us to speak to who we want when we want, and ignoring callers with whom we don’t wish to connect. But sometimes a number will come up on our display screen that can leave us guessing. 800 numbers are a p[…] 08:29:34 2018-09-29

Beware of the Compromised Credit Card scam happening these days, also known as the Courier Pick-up Scam

Beware of the Compromised Credit Card scam happening these days, also known as the Courier Pick-up Scam. Using caller ID spoofing, which makes a call display show whatever name they want as the caller, criminals phone various households and pretend to be from […] 09:05:16 2018-09-26

How to avoid the Medical Coverage and Benefits Scam

The elderly are bombarded nowadays with calls claiming to be from local medical centers. The scammers pretend to either confirm the continuation of “annual coverage” with the senior, ask the patient to make a payment that didn’t go through a previous tim[…] 22:58:21 2018-09-24

How to avoid the Pet Found Reward Scam

Your beloved dog Scruffy got out under the fence again--but this time, he didn't come back the next day. You put up posters throughout the neighborhood for weeks and finally get a call back.

Scenario 1: The person on the other line says he's found S[…] 22:24:09 2018-09-22

How to avoid Card Inactive or Frozen Scam

Credit union members are being targeted by a scam aimed at tricking them into revealing their debit and credit card information. Members are reporting that they receive official-sounding text messages that supposedly come from their credit union. The texts i[…] 09:35:33 2018-09-20

10 ways to get your iPhone Safer

1. Set up a passcode. You can turn on and set passcode via Settings>Touch ID>Passcode

2. Turn on Find My iPhone. You can enable Find my iPhone via Settings>iCloud>Find My iPhone.

3. Turn off your iPhone’s tracking ability. You can turn[…] 11:36:18 2018-09-18

Caller ID Spoofing Fraud Warning

VoIP phone services make it easy to sign up for multiple telephone numbers with little more than a credit card number. Because they’re so easy to get, they make an easy medium for telephone scams.

By using multiple VoIP numbers and computer bots t[…] 14:26:05 2018-09-16

Airline Free Tickets and Vouchers Fraud Warning

Did anybody say free airline tickets? One of the biggest scams around when it comes to flight coupons, free plane tickets and discounts on flights is the Free Airline Tickets scam. In a down economy with rising gas prices, many can’t afford to take vacations[…] 23:25:30 2018-09-14

Lottery Winning other prize Phone Scams Warning

Victims receive a call from someone saying they've won the big prize in a lottery - to the tune of about $500,000. It could be a prize from a popular company draw such as Bank of America, Dream Lottery, Publishers Clearing House, or even a charity lottery. The[…] 05:26:48 2018-09-13

Please prevent Phone Bill Not Paid Phone Scam

Phone scammers often pose as staff of companies, government departments or financial institutions as a means of fooling people into handing over their personal details. The scammer calls and claims is a representative of your telephone company, whether that's […] 01:52:41 2018-09-12

Customer Appreciation Call Scam And How to Avoid

Creating customer loyalty has always been one of the most important marketing tools for companies. Whether is about customized business gifts or appreciation for service, little gestures always lead to customer retention. But how about customer appreciation ca[…] 11:24:46 2018-09-10

Please hang up when you encounter these common phone scams

Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about[…] 05:43:52 2018-09-09

Digital currency fraud losses exceed 2 million pounds

The latest statistics show that cryptocurrency fraud lost £2,059,501.29 - an average of £10,095.59 per person. A total of 203 digital currency frauds were reported. Fraudsters pretend to invest in cryptocurrency advisors to promote "get rich quick" investmen[…] 01:58:18 2018-09-08

Identify credit card phone scams

The liar will pretend to be a credit card company and then give you a call and they will use various strategies to get your credit card information. For example, your card has a violation. Then let you confirm your credit card number, credit card security code[…] 07:32:41 2018-09-06

Vigilant fake IRS is calling

“The fake IRS is calling on consumers to demand immediate payment of unpaid taxes,” said Lai Ning. “They asked for payment within 24 hours. We continue to see these calls at a higher level, four times the number of calls we see in a month. They continue […] 00:56:22 2018-09-05

Vigilantly Disguise Neighbors Phone Scam

Scammers can easily disguise the caller ID number that is very close to your phone. They can match the first six digits of your phone number. When this type of phone calls for help, is it hard to resist because you may be worried that it is a neighbor who need[…] 00:21:27 2018-09-04

Please guard against new bitcoin scams

Scammers will continue to send short messages and calls to men or women in a family member. Tell them \"I know the secrets of your wife or husband and others. You can use Bitcoin to pay $6,000 in confidentiality to keep them secret. Otherwise, you will post th[…] 19:21:27 2018-09-03

What is phone scam and its common methods of scam

Telecommunications fraud is a fraud case that uses telephone, text message and Internet connection as the main means, mainly to obtain private information such as the victim's property and bank account.

Common methods 1. After arbitrarily guessing ema[…] 05:53:47 2018-09-03

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